Workforce Development

Unbanked: The high cost of doing business in ZIP 38126Read Article

If I drive in South Memphis, or North Memphis or Frayser, I see more pawn shops, more payday loans than anything. If I drive in Germantown, if I drive in Cordova, you have to have a magnifying glass to see one. They flash across the TV screens here. It's more in our neighborhood than other ...

Building a tech workforce in Memphis bit by byteRead Article

The need for a tech workforce is growing, and Memphis is playing catch-up by offering certification courses to adults and coding and programming workshops for students. 

Advance Memphis brings change to South MemphisRead Article

Advance Memphis is in the business of bringing economic self-sufficiency to the residents of the 38126 ZIP code, which includes much of the Soulsville USA neighborhood.
One of Southern Steel's employees puts the finishing touches on an order. (Brandon Dahlberg)

Memphis will match funds for expungement of non-violent offendersRead Article

Beneficiaries of the Better Memphis Fund also receive job and soft skills training from the city’s Workforce Investment Network.

City of Memphis employs panhandlers to beautify the cityRead Article

“At the end of the day, you’ve actually worked for the Mayor. It's a big deal. It's not some handout. It's a public works job site.”
The FedEx Institute of Technology’s UMRF Ventures FedEx IT Command Center opened in June 2018 and employs 45 U of M students. (University of Memphis)

Feature StoryBrad Montgomery, local software developer, teaches the Tech901 Code 1.0 class, where students learn coding languages for front end and back end development. (Kim Coleman)

Building a tech workforce in Memphis bit by byte


Feature StoryKids start lining up at the home of Deidra Tuggle, the Candy Lady of Orange Mound.

On The Ground Live in Orange Mound


Feature StoryThe exterior of Stylist Salon, a locally-owned business in Frayser.

Locally-owned business brings jobs back to Frayser


Feature StoryListen To America Small

HuffPost, High Ground News & MLK50 to discuss economic inequality in Memphis


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Memphis has long been regarded as a hub for logistics, but economic development efforts are bringing up the workforces in sectors including tech, medical device manufacturing and education. In 2018, the City of Memphis surveyed 15,000 available jobs, and a host of partners are working to recruit, train and develop talent to meet those needs.